Today in Crime History, Dec. 16, 1930: Father of modern bank robbery killed in shootout

On this day, Dec. 16, 1930, Herman “The Baron” Lamm, considered the father of modern bank robbery, was killed following a botched heist in Indiana.

Herman Lamm

Herman Lamm

Lamm, who’s also known as the man who taught John Dillinger, pioneered the concepts of meticulously casing a bank and developing escape routes before each robbery. From World War I to 1930, Lamm and his gang robbed banks of more than $1 million.

Lamm died after his getaway driver panicked during a robbery of a bank in  in Clinton, Ind. The driver was approached by a vigilante with a shotgun, sped off, and executed a U-turn, causing a tire to blow.

Lamm’s crew had to steal another car, but the vehicle could only go 35 mph because it was fitted with a governor to keep its elderly owner from driving recklessly.

A posse of about 200 people cornered the gang, and a massive gunbattle ensued.

Rather than surrender, Lamm shot himself in the head. Two survivors were captured and sentenced to life in prison.

— Scott McCabe

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